Shoe-Bar Stratton - Chapter 33
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The same dawn unrolled before the eyes of a man and a girl, riding southward along the ragged1 margin2 of the T-T ranch3. Westward4 stretched the wide, rolling range-land, empty at the moment of any signs of life. And somehow, for the very reason that one expected something living there, it seemed even more desolate5 than the rough, broken country bordering the mountains on the other side.
That, at least, was Mary Thorne's thought. Emerging from the mountain trail just as dawn broke, her eyes brightened as she took in the flat, familiar country, even noting a distant line of wire fence, and for the first time in many hours despair gave place to sudden hope. Where there was range-land there must be cattle and men to tend them, and her experience with Western cow-men had not been confined to those of Lynch's type. Him she knew now, to her regret and sorrow, to be the great exception. The majority were clean-cut, brave, courteous6, slow of speech, perhaps, but swift in action; simple of mind and heart--the sort of man, in short, to whom a woman in distress7 might confidently turn for help.
But presently, as the rising sun, gilding8 the peaks that towered above her, emphasized the utter emptiness of those sweeping9 pastures, the light died out of her eyes and she remembered with a sinking heart the blackleg scourge10 which had so recently afflicted11 the T-T outfit12. There had been much discussion of it at the Shoe-Bar, and now she recalled vaguely13 hearing that it had first broken out in these very pastures. Doubtless, as a method of prevention, the surviving stock had been moved elsewhere, and her chances for help would be as likely in the midst of a trackless desert as here.
The reaction made her lips quiver and there swept over her with renewed force that wave of despair which had been gaining strength all through those interminable black hours. She had done her best to combat it. Over and over again she told herself that the situation was far from hopeless. Something must happen. Some one--mostly she thought of Buck14, though she did not name him even to herself--would come to her aid. It was incredible that in this day and generation a person could be successfully carried off even by one as crafty15, resourceful, and unscrupulous as Tex Lynch. But in spite of all her reasoning there remained in the back of Mary's mind a feeling of cold horror, born of those few sentences she had overheard while Pedro was saddling the horses. Like a poisonous serpent, it reared its ugly head persistently16, to demolish17 in an instant her most specious18 arguments. The very thought of it now filled her with the same fear and dread19 that had overwhelmed her when the incredible words first burned into her consciousness, and made her glance with a sudden, sharp terror at the man beside her. She met a stare from his bold, heavy-lidded eyes that sent the blood flaming into her cheeks.
"Well?" queried20 Lynch, smiling. "Feelin' better, now it's mornin'?"
The girl made no answer. Hastily averting21 her eyes, she rode on in silence, lips pressed together and chin a little tilted22.
"Sulking, eh?" drawled Lynch. "What's the good? Yuh can't keep that sort of thing up forever. After we're--married--"
He paused significantly. The girl's lip quivered but she set her teeth into it determinedly23. Presently, with an effort, she forced herself to speak.
"Aren't you rather wasting time trying to--to frighten me with that sort of rubbish?" she asked coldly. "In these days marriage isn't something that can be forced."
The man's laugh was not agreeable. "Oh, is that so?" he inquired. "You're likely to learn a thing or two before long, I'll say."
His tone was so carelessly confident, so entirely24 assured, that in an instant her pitiful little pretense25 of courage was swept away.
"It isn't so!" she cried, turning on him with wide eyes and quivering lips. "You couldn't-- There isn't a--real clergyman who'd do--do such a thing. No one could force me to--to-- Why, I'd rather die than--"
She paused, choking. Lynch shrugged26 his shoulders.
"Oh, no, yuh wouldn't," he drawled. "Dyin' is mighty27 easy to talk about, but when yuh get right down to it, I reckon you'd change yore mind. I don't see why yore so dead set against me," he added. "I ain't so hard to look at, am I? An' with me as yore husband, things will--will be mighty different on the ranch. You'll never have to pinch an' worry like yuh do now."
Tears blinded her, and, turning away quickly, she stared unseeing through a blurring28 haze29, fighting desperately30 for at least a semblance31 of self-control. He was so confident, so terribly sure of himself! What if he could do the thing he said? She did not see how such a ghastly horror could be possible; but then, what did she know of conditions in the place to which he was taking her?
Suddenly, as she struggled against that overpowering weight of misery32 and despair, her thoughts flew longingly34 to another man, and for an instant she seemed to look into his eyes--whimsical, a little tender, with a faint touch of suppressed longing33 in their clear gray depths.
"Buck! Oh, Buck!" she yearned35 under her breath.
Then of a sudden she felt a hand on her bridle36 and became aware that Lynch was speaking.
"We'll stop here for a bit," he informed her briefly37. "You'd better get down and stretch yoreself."
She looked at him, a little puzzled. "I'm quite comfortable as I am," she returned stiffly.
"I expect yuh are," he said meaningly. "But I ain't takin' any chances." With a wave of his hand he indicated a steepish knoll38 that rose up on their left. "I'm goin' up there to look around an' see what the country looks like ahead," he explained. "I'll take both cayuses along, jest in case yuh should take the notion to go for a little canter. Sabe?"
Without a word she slipped out of the saddle and, moving to one side, listlessly watched him gather up the reins39 of her horse and ride toward the foot of the hill. Its lower levels sloped easily, and in spite of the handicap of the led horse, who pulled back and seemed reluctant to follow, Lynch took it with scarcely a pause.
There came a point, however, about half way to the summit, from which he would have to proceed on foot. Lynch dismounted briskly enough and tied both horses to a low bush. Then, instead of starting directly on the brief upward climb, he turned and glanced back to where Mary stood.
That glance, indicating doubt and suspicion, set the girl suddenly to wondering. Ever so little her slim figure straightened, losing its discouraged droop40. Was it possible? He seemed to think so, or why had he looked back so searchingly? Guardedly her glance swept to right and left. A hundred feet or so to the south a spur of the little hill thrust out, hiding what lay beyond. If she could reach it, might there not possibly be some spot in all that jumble41 of rocks and gullies where she at least might hide?
Filled with a new wild hope; realizing that nothing she might do could make her situation worse, Mary's eyes returned to the climbing man, and she watched him narrowly. Little by little, when his back was toward her, she edged toward the spur. She told herself that when he reached the top she would make a dash, but in the end her tense, raw nerves played her false. Quivering with eagerness, she held herself together until he was within twenty feet or more of the summit, and then her self-control snapped abruptly42.
She had covered scarcely a dozen yards over the rough ground when a hoarse43 shout of surprise came from Lynch, followed by the clatter44 of rolling stones as he plunged45 back down the hill. But she did not turn her head; there was no time or need. Running as she had never run before, she rounded the spur and with a gasp46 of dismay saw that the cliffs curved back abruptly, forming an intervening open space that seemed to extend for miles, but which, in reality, was only a few hundred yards across.
Still she did not halt, but sped on gamely, heading for the mouth of the nearest gully. Presently the thud of hoofs47 terrified her, but stung her to even greater effort. Nearer the hoofs-beats came, and nearer still. Breathless, panting, she knew now she could never reach the gully. The realization48 sent her heart sinking like a lead plummet49, but fear drove her blindly on. Suddenly the bulk of a horse loomed50 beside her and a man's easy, sneering51 laugh bit into her soul like vitriol. An instant later Lynch leaped from his saddle and caught her around the waist.
"Yuh would, would yuh?" he cried, gazing down into her flushed, frightened face. "Tried to shake me, eh?"
For a moment he held her thus, devouring52 her with his eyes, holding the bridles53 of both horses in his free hand. Then all at once he laughed again, hatefully, and crushing her to him, he kissed her, roughly, savagely55--kissed her repeatedly on the lips and cheeks and throat.
Mary cried out once and tried to struggle. Then of a sudden her muscles relaxed and she lay limply in his arms, eyes closed, wishing that she might die, or, better yet, that some supreme56 force would suddenly strike the creature dead.
How long she lay there shuddering57 with disgust and loathing58, she did not know. It seemed an eternity59 before she realized that his lips no longer touched her, and opening her eyes she was startled at the sight of his face.
It was partly turned away from her as he stared southward across the flats. His eyes were wide, incredulous, and filled with a mingling60 of anger and dismay. In another moment he jerked her roughly to her feet, dragged her around to the side of her horse, and fairly flung her into the saddle. Vaulting61 into his own, he spurred the beast savagely and rode back toward the out-thrust spur at a gallop62, dragging the unwilling63 Freckles64 with him.
Gripping the saddle-horn to keep her precarious65 seat, Mary yet found time for a hurried backward glance before she was whisked out of sight of that wide stretch of open country to the south. But that glance was enough to make her heart leap. Dots--moving dots which she had no difficulty in recognizing as horsemen--were sweeping northward66 along the edge of the breaks. Who they were she neither knew nor cared. It was enough that they were men. Her eyes sparkled, and a wild new hope flamed up within her, even though she was being carried swiftly away from them.
Once in the shelter of the spur, Lynch did not halt but rode on at full speed, heading northward. For half a mile or so the thudding hoof-beats of the two horses alone broke the silence. Then, as their advance opened up a fresh sweep of country, Lynch jerked his mount to a standstill with a suddenness that raised a cloud of dust about them.
"Hell!" he rasped, staring from under narrowing lids.
For full half a minute he sat motionless, his face distorted with baffled fury and swiftly growing fear. Then his eyes flashed toward the hills on the right and swept them searchingly. A second later he had turned his cayuse and was speeding towards a narrow break between two spurs, keeping a tight hold on the girl's bridle.
"You try any monkey tricks," he flung back over one shoulder, "and I'll--kill yuh."
Mary made no answer, but the savage54 ferocity of his tone made her shiver, and she instantly abandoned the plan she had formed of trying, by little touches of hand and heel, to make Freckles still further hamper67 Lynch's actions. Through the settling dust-haze she had seen the cause of his perturbation--a single horseman less than a mile away galloping68 straight toward them--and felt that her enemy was cornered. But the very strength of her exultation69 gave her a passionate70 longing for life and happiness, and she realized vividly71 the truth of Lynch's callous72, sneering words, that when one actually got down to it, it was not an easy thing to die. She must take no chances. Surely it could be only a question of a little time now before she would be free.
But presently her high confidence began to fade. With the manner of one on perfectly73 familiar ground, Lynch rode straight into the break between the rocks, which proved to be the entrance to a gully that widened and then turned sharply to the right. Here he stopped and ordered Mary to ride in front of him.
"You go ahead," he growled74, flinging her the reins. "Don't lose any time, neither."
Without question she obeyed, choosing the way from his occasional, tersely75 flung directions. This led them upward, slowly, steadily76 with many a twist and turn, until at length, passing through a narrow opening in the rocks, Mary came out suddenly on a ledge77 scarcely a dozen feet in width. On one side the cliffs rose in irregular, cluttered78 masses, too steep to climb. On the other was a precipitous drop into a cañon of unknown depth.
"Get down," ordered Lynch, swinging out of his saddle.
As she slid to the ground he handed her his bridle-reins.
"Take the horses a ways back an' hold 'em," he told her curtly79. "An' remember this: Not a peep out of yuh, or it'll be yore last. Nobody yet's double-crossed me an' got away with it, an' nobody ain't goin' to--not even a woman. That cañon's pretty deep, an' there's sharp stones a-plenty at the bottom."
White-faced and tight-lipped, she turned away from him without a word and led the two horses back to the point he indicated. The ledge, which sloped sharply upward, was cluttered with loose stones, and she moved slowly, avoiding these with instinctive80 caution and trying not to glance toward the precipice81. A dozen feet away she paused, holding the horses tightly by their bridles and pressing herself against the lathered82 neck of Freckles, who she knew was steady. Then she glanced back and caught her breath with a swift, sudden intake83.
Kneeling close to the opening, but a little to one side, Lynch was whirling the cylinder84 of his Colt. Watching him with fascinated horror, Mary saw him break the weapon, closely inspect the shells, close it again, and test the trigger. Then, revolver gripped in right hand, he settled himself into a slightly easier position, eyes fixed85 on the opening and head thrust a little forward in an attitude of listening.
Only too well she guessed his purpose. He was waiting in ambush86 to "get" that solitary87 horseman they had seen riding from the north. Whether or not he had come here for the sole purpose of luring88 the other to his death, Mary had no notion. But she could see clearly that once this stranger was out of the way, Lynch would at least have a chance to penetrate89 into the mountains before the others from the south arrived to halt him.
Slowly, interminably the minutes ticked away as the girl stood motionless, striving desperately to think of something she might do to prevent the catastrophe90. If only she had some way of knowing when the stranger was near she might cry out a warning, even at the risk of Lynch's violence. But thrust here in the background as she was, the unknown was likely to come within range of Lynch's gun before she even knew of his approach.
Suddenly, out of the dead silence, the clatter of a pebble91 struck on the girl's raw nerves and made her wince92. She saw the muscles of Lynch's back stiffen93 and the barrel of his Colt flash up to cover the narrow entrance to the ledge. For an instant she hesitated, choked by the beating of her heart. Should she cry out? Was it the man really coming? Her dry lips parted, and then all at once a curious, slowly moving object barely visible above the rocky shoulder that sheltered Lynch, startled her and kept her silent.
In that first flash she had no idea what it was. Then abruptly the truth came to her. It was the top of a man's Stetson. The ledge sloped upward, and where she stood it was a good two feet higher than at the entrance. A man was riding up the outer slope and, remembering the steepness of it, Mary knew that, in a moment, more of him would come into view before he became visible to Lynch.
White-faced, dry-lipped, she waited breathlessly. Now she could see the entire hat. A second later she glimpsed the top of an ear, a bit of forehead, a sweeping look of dark-brown hair--and her heart died suddenly within her.
The man was Buck Green!


1 ragged KC0y8     
  • A ragged shout went up from the small crowd.這一小群人發出了刺耳的喊叫。
  • Ragged clothing infers poverty.破衣爛衫意味著貧窮。
2 margin 67Mzp     
  • We allowed a margin of 20 minutes in catching the train.我們有20分鐘的余地趕火車。
  • The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的邊緣。
3 ranch dAUzk     
  • He went to work on a ranch.他去一個大農場干活。
  • The ranch is in the middle of a large plateau.該牧場位于一個遼闊高原的中部。
4 westward XIvyz     
  • We live on the westward slope of the hill.我們住在這座山的西山坡。
  • Explore westward or wherever.向西或到什么別的地方去勘探。
5 desolate vmizO     
  • The city was burned into a desolate waste.那座城市被燒成一片廢墟。
  • We all felt absolutely desolate when she left.她走后,我們都覺得萬分孤寂。
6 courteous tooz2     
  • Although she often disagreed with me,she was always courteous.盡管她常常和我意見不一,但她總是很謙恭有禮。
  • He was a kind and courteous man.他為人友善,而且彬彬有禮。
7 distress 3llzX     
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能減輕他的痛苦。
  • Please don't distress yourself.請你不要憂愁了。
8 gilding Gs8zQk     
  • The dress is perfect. Don't add anything to it at all. It would just be gilding the lily. 這條裙子已經很完美了,別再作任何修飾了,那只會畫蛇添足。
  • The gilding is extremely lavish. 這層鍍金極為奢華。
9 sweeping ihCzZ4     
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能聽到風掠過樹枝的聲音嗎?
10 scourge FD2zj     
  • Smallpox was once the scourge of the world.天花曾是世界的大患。
  • The new boss was the scourge of the inefficient.新老板來了以后,不稱職的人就遭殃了。
11 afflicted aaf4adfe86f9ab55b4275dae2a2e305a     
使受痛苦,折磨( afflict的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • About 40% of the country's population is afflicted with the disease. 全國40%左右的人口患有這種疾病。
  • A terrible restlessness that was like to hunger afflicted Martin Eden. 一陣可怕的、跟饑餓差不多的不安情緒折磨著馬丁·伊登。
12 outfit YJTxC     
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮為參加女兒的婚禮買了一套新裝。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父親在他生日那天給他買了一套滑雪用具。
13 vaguely BfuzOy     
  • He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其詞地說了到國外工作的事。
  • He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望著前面,對一切都視而不見。
14 buck ESky8     
  • The boy bent curiously to the skeleton of the buck.這個男孩好奇地彎下身去看鹿的骸骨。
  • The female deer attracts the buck with high-pitched sounds.雌鹿以尖聲吸引雄鹿。
15 crafty qzWxC     
  • He admired the old man for his crafty plan.他敬佩老者的神機妙算。
  • He was an accomplished politician and a crafty autocrat.他是個有造詣的政治家,也是個狡黠的獨裁者。
16 persistently MlzztP     
  • He persistently asserted his right to a share in the heritage. 他始終聲稱他有分享那筆遺產的權利。
  • She persistently asserted her opinions. 她果斷地說出了自己的意見。
17 demolish 1m7ze     
  • They're going to demolish that old building.他們將拆毀那座舊建筑物。
  • He was helping to demolish an underground garage when part of the roof collapsed.他當時正在幫忙拆除一個地下汽車庫,屋頂的一部份突然倒塌。
18 specious qv3wk     
  • Such talk is actually specious and groundless.這些話實際上毫無根據,似是而非的。
  • It is unlikely that the Duke was convinced by such specious arguments.公爵不太可能相信這種似是而非的論點。
19 dread Ekpz8     
  • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes.我們都不敢去想一旦公司關門我們該怎么辦。
  • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread.她極度恐懼的心理消除了。
20 queried 5c2c5662d89da782d75e74125d6f6932     
v.質疑,對…表示疑問( query的過去式和過去分詞 );詢問
  • She queried what he said. 她對他說的話表示懷疑。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • \"What does he have to do?\" queried Chin dubiously. “他有什么心事?”琴向覺民問道,她的臉上現出疑惑不解的神情。 來自漢英文學 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
21 averting edcbf586a27cf6d086ae0f4d09219f92     
防止,避免( avert的現在分詞 ); 轉移
  • The margin of time for averting crisis was melting away. 可以用來消彌這一危機的些許時光正在逝去。
  • These results underscore the value of rescue medications in averting psychotic relapse. 這些結果顯示了救護性治療對避免精神病復發的價值。
22 tilted 3gtzE5     
v. 傾斜的
  • Suddenly the boat tilted to one side. 小船突然傾向一側。
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翹起下巴表示挑釁。
23 determinedly f36257cec58d5bd4b23fb76b1dd9d64f     
  • "Don't shove me,'said one of the strikers, determinedly. "I'm not doing anything." “別推我,"其中的一個罷工工人堅決地說,"我可沒干什么。” 來自英漢文學 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Dorothy's chin set determinedly as she looked calmly at him. 多蘿西平靜地看著他,下巴繃得緊緊的,看來是打定主意了。 來自名作英譯部分
24 entirely entirely     
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那場火災完全是由于他們失職而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生統統獻給了教育工作。
25 pretense yQYxi     
  • You can't keep up the pretense any longer.你無法繼續偽裝下去了。
  • Pretense invariably impresses only the pretender.弄虛作假欺騙不了真正的行家。
26 shrugged 497904474a48f991a3d1961b0476ebce     
  • Sam shrugged and said nothing. 薩姆聳聳肩膀,什么也沒說。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她聳聳肩,裝出一副無所謂的樣子。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
27 mighty YDWxl     
  • A mighty force was about to break loose.一股巨大的力量即將迸發而出。
  • The mighty iceberg came into view.巨大的冰山出現在眼前。
28 blurring e5be37d075d8bb967bd24d82a994208d     
n.模糊,斑點甚多,(圖像的)混亂v.(使)變模糊( blur的現在分詞 );(使)難以區分
  • Retinal hemorrhage, and blurring of the optic dise cause visual disturbances. 視網膜出血及神經盤模糊等可導致視力障礙。 來自辭典例句
  • In other ways the Bible limited Puritan writing, blurring and deadening the pages. 另一方面,圣經又限制了清教時期的作品,使它們顯得晦澀沉悶。 來自辭典例句
29 haze O5wyb     
  • I couldn't see her through the haze of smoke.在煙霧彌漫中,我看不見她。
  • He often lives in a haze of whisky.他常常是在威士忌的懵懂醉意中度過的。
30 desperately cu7znp     
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想辦法再見她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
31 semblance Szcwt     
  • Her semblance of anger frightened the children.她生氣的樣子使孩子們感到害怕。
  • Those clouds have the semblance of a large head.那些云的形狀像一個巨大的人頭。
32 misery G10yi     
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商業不景氣常使工薪階層受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我從苦海里救了出來。
33 longing 98bzd     
  • Hearing the tune again sent waves of longing through her.再次聽到那首曲子使她胸中充滿了渴望。
  • His heart burned with longing for revenge.他心中燃燒著急欲復仇的怒火。
34 longingly 2015a05d76baba3c9d884d5f144fac69     
adv. 渴望地 熱望地
  • He looked longingly at the food on the table. 他眼巴巴地盯著桌上的食物。
  • Over drinks,he speaks longingly of his trip to Latin America. 他帶著留戀的心情,一邊喝酒一邊敘述他的拉丁美洲之行。
35 yearned df1a28ecd1f3c590db24d0d80c264305     
渴望,切盼,向往( yearn的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The people yearned for peace. 人民渴望和平。
  • She yearned to go back to the south. 她渴望回到南方去。
36 bridle 4sLzt     
  • He learned to bridle his temper.他學會了控制脾氣。
  • I told my wife to put a bridle on her tongue.我告訴妻子說話要謹慎。
37 briefly 9Styo     
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想簡單地談一下這個問題的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一個恐怖組織綁架并短暫拘禁。
38 knoll X3nyd     
  • Silver had terrible hard work getting up the knoll.對于希爾弗來說,爬上那小山丘真不是件容易事。
  • He crawled up a small knoll and surveyed the prospect.他慢騰騰地登上一個小丘,看了看周圍的地形。
39 reins 370afc7786679703b82ccfca58610c98     
感情,激情; 韁( rein的名詞復數 ); 控制手段; 掌管; (成人帶著幼兒走路以防其走失時用的)保護帶
  • She pulled gently on the reins. 她輕輕地拉著韁繩。
  • The government has imposed strict reins on the import of luxury goods. 政府對奢侈品的進口有嚴格的控制手段。
40 droop p8Zyd     
  • The heavy snow made the branches droop.大雪使樹枝垂下來。
  • Don't let your spirits droop.不要萎靡不振。
41 jumble I3lyi     
  • Even the furniture remained the same jumble that it had always been.甚至家具還是象過去一樣雜亂無章。
  • The things in the drawer were all in a jumble.抽屜里的東西很雜亂。
42 abruptly iINyJ     
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗魯地示意弗吉尼亞上車。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要講半個小時的話。
43 hoarse 5dqzA     
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶啞的聲音問了我一個問題。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他過于激動,嗓子都喊啞了。
44 clatter 3bay7     
  • The dishes and bowls slid together with a clatter.碟子碗碰得丁丁當當的。
  • Don't clatter your knives and forks.別把刀叉碰得咔噠響。
45 plunged 06a599a54b33c9d941718dccc7739582     
v.顛簸( plunge的過去式和過去分詞 );暴跌;驟降;突降
  • The train derailed and plunged into the river. 火車脫軌栽進了河里。
  • She lost her balance and plunged 100 feet to her death. 她沒有站穩,從100英尺的高處跌下摔死了。
46 gasp UfxzL     
  • She gave a gasp of surprise.她吃驚得大口喘氣。
  • The enemy are at their last gasp.敵人在做垂死的掙扎。
47 hoofs ffcc3c14b1369cfeb4617ce36882c891     
n.(獸的)蹄,馬蹄( hoof的名詞復數 )v.(獸的)蹄,馬蹄( hoof的第三人稱單數 )
  • The stamp of the horse's hoofs on the wooden floor was loud. 馬蹄踏在木頭地板上的聲音很響。 來自辭典例句
  • The noise of hoofs called him back to the other window. 馬蹄聲把他又喚回那扇窗子口。 來自辭典例句
48 realization nTwxS     
  • We shall gladly lend every effort in our power toward its realization.我們將樂意為它的實現而竭盡全力。
  • He came to the realization that he would never make a good teacher.他逐漸認識到自己永遠不會成為好老師。
49 plummet s2izN     
  • Mengniu and Yili have seen their shares plummet since the incident broke.自事件發生以來,蒙牛和伊利的股票大幅下跌。
  • Even if rice prices were to plummet,other brakes on poverty alleviation remain.就算大米價格下跌,其它阻止導致貧困的因素仍然存在。
50 loomed 9423e616fe6b658c9a341ebc71833279     
v.隱約出現,陰森地逼近( loom的過去式和過去分詞 );隱約出現,陰森地逼近
  • A dark shape loomed up ahead of us. 一個黑糊糊的影子隱隱出現在我們的前面。
  • The prospect of war loomed large in everyone's mind. 戰事將起的龐大陰影占據每個人的心。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
51 sneering 929a634cff0de62dfd69331a8e4dcf37     
  • "What are you sneering at?" “你冷笑什么?” 來自子夜部分
  • The old sorceress slunk in with a sneering smile. 老女巫鬼鬼崇崇地走進來,冷冷一笑。
52 devouring c4424626bb8fc36704aee0e04e904dcf     
吞沒( devour的現在分詞 ); 耗盡; 津津有味地看; 狼吞虎咽地吃光
  • The hungry boy was devouring his dinner. 那饑餓的孩子狼吞虎咽地吃飯。
  • He is devouring novel after novel. 他一味貪看小說。
53 bridles 120586bee58d0e6830971da5ce598450     
約束( bridle的名詞復數 ); 限動器; 馬籠頭; 系帶
  • The horses were shod with silver and golden bridles. 這些馬釘著金銀做的鉄掌。
54 savage ECxzR     
  • The poor man received a savage beating from the thugs.那可憐的人遭到暴徒的痛打。
  • He has a savage temper.他脾氣粗暴。
55 savagely 902f52b3c682f478ddd5202b40afefb9     
adv. 野蠻地,殘酷地
  • The roses had been pruned back savagely. 玫瑰被狠狠地修剪了一番。
  • He snarled savagely at her. 他向她狂吼起來。
56 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的時刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起訴書送交最高法院。
57 shuddering 7cc81262357e0332a505af2c19a03b06     
v.戰栗( shudder的現在分詞 );發抖;(機器、車輛等)突然震動;顫動
  • 'I am afraid of it,'she answered, shuddering. “我害怕,”她發著抖,說。 來自英漢文學 - 雙城記
  • She drew a deep shuddering breath. 她不由得打了個寒噤,深深吸了口氣。 來自飄(部分)
58 loathing loathing     
n.厭惡,憎恨v.憎恨,厭惡( loathe的現在分詞);極不喜歡
  • She looked at her attacker with fear and loathing . 她盯著襲擊她的歹徒,既害怕又憎恨。
  • They looked upon the creature with a loathing undisguised. 他們流露出明顯的厭惡看那動物。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
59 eternity Aiwz7     
  • The dull play seemed to last an eternity.這場乏味的劇似乎演個沒完沒了。
  • Finally,Ying Tai and Shan Bo could be together for all of eternity.英臺和山伯終能雙宿雙飛,永世相隨。
60 mingling b387131b4ffa62204a89fca1610062f3     
  • There was a spring of bitterness mingling with that fountain of sweets. 在這個甜蜜的源泉中間,已經摻和進苦澀的山水了。
  • The mingling of inconsequence belongs to us all. 這場矛盾混和物是我們大家所共有的。
61 vaulting d6beb2dc838180d7d10c4f3f14b1fb72     
  • The vaulting horse is a difficult piece of apparatus to master. 鞍馬是很難掌握的器械。
  • Sallie won the pole vaulting. 莎莉撐桿跳獲勝。
62 gallop MQdzn     
  • They are coming at a gallop towards us.他們正朝著我們飛跑過來。
  • The horse slowed to a walk after its long gallop.那匹馬跑了一大陣后慢下來緩步而行。
63 unwilling CjpwB     
  • The natives were unwilling to be bent by colonial power.土著居民不愿受殖民勢力的擺布。
  • His tightfisted employer was unwilling to give him a raise.他那吝嗇的雇主不肯給他加薪。
64 freckles MsNzcN     
n.雀斑,斑點( freckle的名詞復數 )
  • She had a wonderful clear skin with an attractive sprinkling of freckles. 她光滑的皮膚上有幾處可愛的小雀斑。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • When she lies in the sun, her face gets covered in freckles. 她躺在陽光下時,臉上布滿了斑點。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
65 precarious Lu5yV     
  • Our financial situation had become precarious.我們的財務狀況已變得不穩定了。
  • He earned a precarious living as an artist.作為一個藝術家,他過得是朝不保夕的生活。
66 northward YHexe     
  • He pointed his boat northward.他將船駛向北方。
  • I would have a chance to head northward quickly.我就很快有機會去北方了。
67 hamper oyGyk     
  • There are some apples in a picnic hamper.在野餐用的大籃子里有許多蘋果。
  • The emergence of such problems seriously hamper the development of enterprises.這些問題的出現嚴重阻礙了企業的發展。
68 galloping galloping     
adj. 飛馳的, 急性的 動詞gallop的現在分詞形式
  • The horse started galloping the moment I gave it a good dig. 我猛戳了馬一下,它就奔馳起來了。
  • Japan is galloping ahead in the race to develop new technology. 日本在發展新技術的競爭中進展迅速,日新月異。
69 exultation wzeyn     
  • It made him catch his breath, it lit his face with exultation. 聽了這個名字,他屏住呼吸,樂得臉上放光。
  • He could get up no exultation that was really worthy the name. 他一點都激動不起來。
70 passionate rLDxd     
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.據說他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他對那個項目非常熱心。
71 vividly tebzrE     
  • The speaker pictured the suffering of the poor vividly.演講者很生動地描述了窮人的生活。
  • The characters in the book are vividly presented.這本書里的人物寫得栩栩如生。
72 callous Yn9yl     
  • He is callous about the safety of his workers.他對他工人的安全毫不關心。
  • She was selfish,arrogant and often callous.她自私傲慢,而且往往冷酷無情。
73 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.證人們個個對自己所說的話十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我們做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
74 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(動物)發狺狺聲, (雷)作隆隆聲( growl的過去式和過去分詞 );低聲咆哮著說
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他們應受到鞭打。” 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低聲威脅著回答。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
75 tersely d1432df833896d885219cd8112dce451     
adv. 簡捷地, 簡要地
  • Nixon proceeded to respond, mercifully more tersely than Brezhnev. 尼克松開始作出回答了。幸運的是,他講的比勃列日涅夫簡練。
  • Hafiz Issail tersely informed me that Israel force had broken the young cease-fire. 哈菲茲·伊斯梅爾的來電簡潔扼要,他說以色列部隊破壞了剛剛生效的停火。
76 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人類利用自然資源的廣度將日益擴大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我們的教學改革慢慢上軌道了。
77 ledge o1Mxk     
  • They paid out the line to lower him to the ledge.他們放出繩子使他降到那塊巖石的突出部分。
  • Suddenly he struck his toe on a rocky ledge and fell.突然他的腳趾絆在一塊突出的巖石上,摔倒了。
78 cluttered da1cd877cda71c915cf088ac1b1d48d3     
v.雜物,零亂的東西零亂vt.( clutter的過去式和過去分詞 );亂糟糟地堆滿,把…弄得很亂;(以…) 塞滿…
  • The room is cluttered up with all kinds of things. 零七八碎的東西放滿了一屋子。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • The desk is cluttered with books and papers. 桌上亂糟糟地堆滿了書報。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
79 curtly 4vMzJh     
  • He nodded curtly and walked away. 他匆忙點了一下頭就走了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The request was curtly refused. 這個請求被毫不客氣地拒絕了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
80 instinctive c6jxT     
  • He tried to conceal his instinctive revulsion at the idea.他試圖飾蓋自己對這一想法本能的厭惡。
  • Animals have an instinctive fear of fire.動物本能地怕火。
81 precipice NuNyW     
  • The hut hung half over the edge of the precipice.那間小屋有一半懸在峭壁邊上。
  • A slight carelessness on this precipice could cost a man his life.在這懸崖上稍一疏忽就會使人喪生。
82 lathered 16db6edd14d10e77600ec608a9f58415     
v.(指肥皂)形成泡沫( lather的過去式和過去分詞 );用皂沫覆蓋;狠狠地打
  • I lathered my face and started to shave. 我往臉上涂了皂沫,然后開始刮胡子。
  • He's all lathered up about something. 他為某事而興奮得不得了。 來自辭典例句
83 intake 44cyQ     
  • Reduce your salt intake.減少鹽的攝入量。
  • There was a horrified intake of breath from every child.所有的孩子都害怕地倒抽了一口涼氣。
84 cylinder rngza     
  • What's the volume of this cylinder?這個圓筒的體積有多少?
  • The cylinder is getting too much gas and not enough air.汽缸里汽油太多而空氣不足。
85 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你們倆選定婚期了嗎?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目標一旦確定,我們就不應該隨意改變。
86 ambush DNPzg     
  • Our soldiers lay in ambush in the jungle for the enemy.我方戰士埋伏在叢林中等待敵人。
  • Four men led by a sergeant lay in ambush at the crossroads.由一名中士率領的四名士兵埋伏在十字路口。
87 solitary 7FUyx     
  • I am rather fond of a solitary stroll in the country.我頗喜歡在鄉間獨自徜徉。
  • The castle rises in solitary splendour on the fringe of the desert.這座城堡巍然聳立在沙漠的邊際,顯得十分壯美。
88 luring f0c862dc1e88c711a4434c2d1ab2867a     
  • Cheese is very good for luring a mouse into a trap. 奶酪是引誘老鼠上鉤的極好的東西。
  • Her training warned her of peril and of the wrong, subtle, mysterious, luring. 她的教養警告她:有危險,要出錯兒,這是微妙、神秘而又誘人的。
89 penetrate juSyv     
  • Western ideas penetrate slowly through the East.西方觀念逐漸傳入東方。
  • The sunshine could not penetrate where the trees were thickest.陽光不能透入樹木最濃密的地方。
90 catastrophe WXHzr     
  • I owe it to you that I survived the catastrophe.虧得你我才大難不死。
  • This is a catastrophe beyond human control.這是一場人類無法控制的災難。
91 pebble c3Rzo     
  • The bird mistook the pebble for egg and tried to hatch it.這只鳥錯把卵石當蛋,想去孵它。
  • The pebble made a ripple on the surface of the lake.石子在湖面上激起一個漣漪。
92 wince tgCwX     
  • The barb of his wit made us wince.他那鋒芒畢露的機智使我們退避三舍。
  • His smile soon modified to a wince.他的微笑很快就成了臉部肌肉的抽搐。
93 stiffen zudwI     
  • The blood supply to the skin is reduced when muscles stiffen.當肌肉變得僵硬時,皮膚的供血量就減少了。
  • I was breathing hard,and my legs were beginning to stiffen.這時我卻氣吁喘喘地開始感到腳有點僵硬。
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